What's New in the IMC?

Happy (Almost) End of Semester!

We've had a busy first semester here in the IMC. Booked for Lunch, our new student book group, and Lunch and Learn, our new speaker series, have each brought a great turn out and have really livened up the lunch hours here in the IMC!

In addition to that, freshman English classes have come through for IMC orientation, Health classes have visited to learn about Internet safety, and a variety of other groups have stopped by for assistance on research or to hear book talks.

We love being busy! Stop by today to see what we can do for you!

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What's Coming Up??

We've got lots of fun things planned for the remainder of this semester and next semester as well.


  • Are you stressed? Us, too! Join us for a little fun during "De-Stress December" in the IMC on Dec. 10, 11, 14, and 15 during the lunch hours. Stefen Robinson's Mindful Iron club will be on hand to teach a little mindfulness meditation, and we'll share some tips for how to de-stress and stay healthy during this busy time from our Guidance staff and our nurse, Lyn Carter. We'll also have available some healthy munchies as well as stress-busting activities, like crafts and coloring. (Come on ... you know you want to!!)
  • Lunch and Learn: Next semester's speaker lineup is awesome! Topics for next semester include sustainable farming, nutrition, animals in winter, and much more! Mark your calendars for the 2nd Tuesday of each month!
  • Booked for Lunch: We meet on the first Friday of each month during the lunch periods. Bring your lunch to the IMC to talk books with me, students, and the teen librarians from Normal and Bloomington Public Libraries.

What the IMC Can Do for You!

In addition to talking to your classes about research, showing them databases and pulling carts of books for class use, contact me any time to do a book talk for your class for independent reading.

Also, please consider having me do a Pathfinder for your class the next time you start a research project. I've been having a lot of fun creating Pathfinders for teachers this semester - think of a Pathfinder as combining a talk on databases, a hotlist, and a cart of books all in one. I create a Google doc with links to websites, search tips for the databases and lists of available books in the IMC on a given topic. Students can access the live links on the doc and keep it as a reference throughout their research work.

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Take a Book Home for Break!

As always, we welcome you in to the IMC any time to find a great variety of terrific reads, but we really encourage you to stop by on your way out for winter break to take some good books home to enjoy. Here are a couple of suggestions:


  • The Aviator's Wife, by Melanie Benjamin. If you enjoyed The Paris Wife, give this one a try. A historically fictional retelling of the life of Anne Morrow Lindberg, wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh.
  • Challenger Deep, by Neal Shusterman. If you love Shusterman, you will not want to miss his latest novel, which deals with the dark topic of a teen struggling with mental illness. Drawing from the experiences of his own son's diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, Shusterman gives a haunting and powerful account that will stick with you.
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Couldn't get enough of Gone Girl and other Gillian Flynn novels? Give this one, by English writer Paula Hawkins, a go. It'll really pull you in, and the novel's unreliable narrator will add to the feeling of danger and mystery.

Caroline Fox Anvick

Enjoy a wonderful holiday!

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